Perceptions of the effect of an impending restaurant smoking ban on dining-out experience

Melanie Wakefield, Lyn Roberts, Caroline Miller

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Background. The introduction of bans on smoking in restaurants is frequently marred by claims that they will lead to a loss of business. Methods. A representative sample of 3,019 South Australians age 15+ years were asked questions about dining-out frequency and perceived effects of the ban on their dining-out enjoyment and restaurant patronage. Results. Sixty- one percent thought the ban would make dining out more enjoyable, 5% thought it would be less enjoyable, and 34% thought it would make no difference. Overall, 82% thought the ban would make no difference to their likelihood of dining out, 14% would be more likely to dine out, and 4% would be less likely. Conclusions. These data suggest that the public expects bans on smoking in restaurants to result in both increased enjoyment and increased patronage of restaurants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-56
Number of pages4
JournalPreventive Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Jul 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitude to health
  • Health policy
  • Public opinion
  • Questionnaires
  • Restaurants
  • Tobacco smoke pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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